Namibia is Africa’s “New Kid on the Block” offering a wilderness destination of dramatic landscapes that are perfect for a self-drive adventure. Wedged between the Kalahari Desert to the east and Atlantic Ocean to the west, Namibia is visually spectacular.
Vast red dunes collide with crashing waves along the infamous “skeleton” coast, desert-adapted wildlife roams freely in Damaraland, Etosha’s famous waterholes are a magnet for game and Fish River Canyon is the second largest in the world – it is quite simply a photographer’s paradise, crying out to be discovered.
Etosha National Park
Etosha is regarded as one of Africa’s best and oldest national parks, having been established in 1907. Water is scarce, even during the rainy season and large herds can be witnessed at its famous waterholes. This incredibly dry environment is dominated by a large salt pan which creates a mesmerising effect as it shimmers in the sun; making for some truly spectacular animal sightings.
Damaraland is a wild and vast tract of land stretching from the Skeleton Coast to Etosha. It is home to rare desert-adapted species, including elephant and the world’s last free-roaming black rhino as well as the tongue-clicking Damara tribe. These unique desert highlands are also an area of dramatic natural beauty that are home to rock formations and San artwork that are well worth a visit.
The Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei
The soaring red dunes of Sossusvlei are a highlight of many a trip to Namibia. The chance to climb Dune 45 and Big Daddy are not to be missed whilst the trails to Hidden and Dark Vlei are well worth the effort.
The Caprivi Strip
Lying like an outstretched arm protruding from the north-eastern corner of Namibia, The Caprivi is home to several of Africa’s mighty rivers including the Okavango, the Kwando, the Zambezi and the Chobe. The region is a mosaic of waterways, bushveld and floodplains. Germany exchanged the area with the United Kingdom for Zanzibar in 1890 and it is largely unexplored by tourists today.